Sunday, November 20, 2011


It has been about 52 hours since our expanded blastocyst was transferred to my uterus.

One thing I wanted to mention, as it had been awhile since I brought it up, is that Assisted Hatching was performed on this embryo. That makes me even more hopeful that he/she will decide to stick around!

Symptom check:
Well, nothing that I can definitely attribute to implantation or pregnancy at this point. I realize how hard (or impossible) it is to discern pregnancy symptoms from hormone-medication-symptoms at this point, but I thought I would go ahead and list any symptoms. That way I can look back at this later and perhaps learn something.

  • Last night I had some twinges happening. They were slight, but there. Was this dinner saying hello again, or something more?
  • The past two days I have been quite hungry. Like stomach-growling hungry. Maybe from the meds? Not sure.
  • Increased need to pee. Again, not sure if this is from meds or what. I usually have no issue with holding my bladder overnight, but last night I woke up at 2am reallllly wanting to pee. I held it so I could POAS with FMU, like a true soldier. My bladder woke me up again at 6:30 a.m. and that time I gave in.

So, I've never had an hCG shot in the ass before. All hCG trigger shots I've done have been subcutaneous. And 10,000 units of hCG. Well, the only information I received regarding the booster shot was that it was 0.6 mL, and I'm not sure that's an easy conversion. I don't know the concentration of hCG, so it's really hard to say.

But, I'm rambling. My point is that as I've never had a booster shot, let alone in the ass. I was surprised when it didn't really show up the following day on my pee sticks. I can expect a nice, dark line from Ovidrel, and this booster shot really has thrown me for a loop.

Today's pee sticks are darker than yesterday's. I'm assuming the shot in my ass needed a bit more time to travel to my blood stream...?? I know that it's too early for my body to start producing hCG yet, so that really is the only explanation I can come up with.

Here is a comparison pic of yesterday's test versus today's. Feel free to comment and let me know what you think!


4 1/2 days until beta!


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  2. I wish I knew :) With my last round of IVF I triggered with 10,000 units HCG. It supposedly takes a day to process 1,000 units, so theoretically you wouldn't get an accurate reading for 10 days post shot. It does take time for the shot to get into your pee/blood. Your symptoms do sound promising, especially having to pee and the twinges. Fingers crossed!!!

  3. Wow, that's interesting. It is a lot darker. I'm guessing your reasoning is right. I'll cross my fingers with Chickenpig.

  4. I'd guess it just took a bit longer. Mine have pretty much always been intramuscular, but it's always positive the next day, I never noticed a darkening/lightening. It was just lighter/negative one day.

  5. Hmmm... I was under the impression that it is in your blood stream almost immediately. I could be wrong, but I've never seen a trigger get darker- only lighter.

    Crossing my fingers for you! :)

  6. That HCG booster is just cruel. How can you tell anything with that running around in your system?

    My trigger shot has always been completely gone by my transfer day (day 5) and I got the faintest of faint lines in the afternoon of 4dp5dt. And that's with twins.

    So this is just confusing as all hell! There's just no way to tell what HCG you're seeing!

  7. I'm so excited! I have no ideas about the shot, but I'd guess you are right. Good luck!!!

  8. Hi, I'm here from the ICLW list. I don't know anything at all about the shot, but wanted to say good luck!


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